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Clutter; it seems to be a big issue in my home. I’m not sure about you, but I am ready to attack the clutter and get rid of it. It is so important for me to get my house back to working for me instead of against me.
I think the main reason it is important for me to attack the clutter is because it stresses me out and creates an environment that is not peaceful.
Every day when I look around and see something not put back, or a messy surface, I get stressed. Now, I realize that I have three small children and a husband who are not so good at putting things away, and me not following right behind them putting things away. Often I blame it on no closets, not the right storage solutions, or not having a place for it to belong; but I think that the real issue is that we have too much stuff.
Instead of easily putting away a few toys, and books, it becomes overwhelming to see the amount of *stuff* that needs a home.
We are actively teaching our children how to take care of their belongings, but when a little one is overwhelmed, it does not get done.
I have been feeling the pull to do a large home purge for a few months now. ‘What have I been waiting for’ you ask? Well, I will blame it on life and busyness.
It seems that January was all about putting together a Winter Rhythm. I needed the time for us all to get back on the same page after our extended homeschool break for the holidays. I knew that I would take that time to evaluate 2015, I wanted to settle into what some of my goals might be for 2016. I needed the space to be intentional about my time while also using my word of the year – action – to get my home back to normal.
I think that is typical of my January’s of late, trying to put the pieces back together after a crazy 2 months of birthdays, holidays and fun.
Now we are moving into February, and so the whole house purge commences.
How do we start? Well, if you want to work the KonMari method, you take everything in one category out and work through it all at once. Unfortunately, I do not have that amount of time to work on it, and I would be afraid that if I took everything out, it might not all be sorted and put away for quite some time. I do love the motivation and definitely the idea of touching all items to see if they “spark joy” in order to know whether or not to get rid of it, but taking everything out all at once is a tad too extreme with three little ones underfoot.
Instead I plan to do the “one category in one room at a time” method that I have grown to love from Tsh Oxenreider’s book Organized Simplicity.
I have talked a lot about this book over the years, but it has been a while since I have actually used it (no matter how often I say that I *plan* to use it!), to go through my home.
I like this method because you work through each room a little at a time. It seems to be much more manageable for me with the kids. I don’t want to start a house purge and then end up having to stop in the middle of it due to one of the many emergencies that pop up during the day.
Now, when I think of a whole house purge, I typically think of the main living areas first. Why? Because those are the areas that see the most traffic, as well as where we live, so it is what I am constantly looking at. However, what typically happens is I will tidy these spaces, and run out of time for the actual purging
Because of this issue, I have decided to start with the kids’ rooms. The toys are immense, too overwhelming for the kids to adequately take care of, too overwhelming for me to take care of, the amount of clothes is overwhelming, the books, surprisingly, not so overwhelming, but that is because I have weeded through those already.
I think that once the kids’ rooms are under control it is going to make the rest of the house a little easier to tackle.
I then plan to work on our master bedroom. The master bedroom is supposed to be a sanctuary – ours is most definitely not a sanctuary. As the only room that has a *sort of* closet, we end up storing a lot of stuff in our room. It is time to go through it, to de-clutter, and then organize the rest of it. I would like to freshen up the space, and make it a relaxing atmosphere.
Finally, I plan to end with my kitchen. When I thought about doing this large de-cluttering project, I figured I would start with the kitchen, but I have changed my mind. It needs a good spring cleaning, and by the time I get to it, it may just be spring! The kitchen is the life of my home; I spend an enormous amount of time there. I love it, but I need it to work better for me. I need to get rid of old canning lids and rings that are rusted, my jars need to be more organized for the coming canning season, and the organization of food and kitchen tools needs to better.
Last year I did a 31 bags in 31 days challenge project, which went incredibly well. I thought about doing that again for February, going down to 29 bags, but I am embarrassed to think about how many bags we may end up using to purge the home. Instead I plan to update you on my progress as we go throughout the month.
How is your home organization for 2016 going? Have you made a lot of progress in the month of January, or are you just starting, like me?